Puʻuwai, Hawaii

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Puʻuwai, Hawaii
Unincorporated community
Puʻuwai village
Puʻuwai village
Puʻuwai, Hawaii is located in Hawaii
Puʻuwai, Hawaii
Puʻuwai, Hawaii
Location within the state of Hawaii
Coordinates: 21°054′09″N 160°012′013″W / 21.90250°N 160.20361°W / 21.90250; -160.20361Coordinates: 21°054′09″N 160°012′013″W / 21.90250°N 160.20361°W / 21.90250; -160.20361
Country United States
State Hawaii
County Kauai
Time zone Hawaii-Aleutian (HAST) (UTC-10)
 • Summer (DST) HADT (UTC-9)
Puʻuwai village church

Puʻuwai (literally, "heart" in Hawaiian[1]) is an unincorporated community in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States,[2] and the only settlement on the island of Niʻihau. It is at the western coast of the small island, and Native Hawaiians who live in this village speak the Hawaiian language. The community lives as they did hundreds of years ago, and the modern amenities of life are extremely limited. Access to the town (as well as the whole island) is limited to Niʻihau residents. Only official visitors and invited guests are permitted. Puʻuwai has a one-room schoolhouse. Niʻihau is located about 29 km (18 mi) west of Kauaʻi.

Puʻuwai is the westernmost community in the principal Hawaiian Islands.


  1. ^ Pukui, Mary Kawena. Place Names of Hawaii. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 0-8248-0524-0. 
  2. ^ "Pu'uwai, Hawaii". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.